This week we continue our exposition of Paul's letter to Titus, focusing on Titus 1:6. Last week we saw that elders (pastors) are a gift of Christ to His church, whose function in part is to help the church be well-ordered. But what type of Christian can lead the church? That is the question we will start to answer in today's message. Do the same standards we expect of our leaders also apply to other Christians? Do we tend to create rules or qualifications that aren't found in Scripture? Can women be pastors? Does the way one's marriage and own home life are lived out impact whether or not he should be leading in God's house? Is marriage or having children even a mandatory requirement to shepherd a church? Join us for our sermon "The Pastoral Office (Part II)" as we seek to answer these questions and more!
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This sermon was delivered on September 17th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.
As part of Antioch Presbyterian Church's 180th Anniversary Celebration, Pastor Zachary Groff delivered an address on the congregation's history entitled, "The Story of Old Antioch Church (1843-2023): 180 Years of Proclaiming Christ at the Crossroads of Greenville & Spartanburg Counties."
What should a minister speak? Titus 2:1–2 looks forward to the second serial reading of in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these two verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that ministers should speak not just sound doctrine, but application appropriate to the people, beginning with the elderly men.
In our study, We are introduced to Stephen (along with six others) appointed as Deacon-Elder-Trustees so that the apostles could focus on the ministry of the Word and Prayer.
Also Reference: Mark 14:55-59, Acts 5:20
Why is it so important to have sound teachers as elders? Titus 1:10–16 looks forward to the second serial reading of in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these seven verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that elders must be sound teachers in order to overcome theological error that arises within a congregation.
What happens when a pastor or church leader falls into serious sin? What does the Bible mean when it says God hardens a person? Also, the need for the believer to adopt the traits of restraint and respect.
What must an elder persist in being? Titus 1:8–9 looks forward to the second serial reading of in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these two verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that an elder must have a Word-formed character for his work in the Word.
CHRIST GAVE GIFTED MEN AS GIFTS TO THE CHURCH.
A. WHERE DO THESE GIFTS COME FROM?
B. WHAT OR WHO ARE THESE GIFTS THAT WERE FREELY GIVEN TO
C. WHY DOES CHRIST GIVE THESE MEN AS GIFTS TO THE CHURCH?
New Heart, New Spirit_30 Ezekiel 34:1-31 God Saving His People from Bad Leaders.The Lord moves the narrative carefully away from the story of judgment and toward a story of restoration.
What God tore apart in Chapters 1-32 He now explains how He will restore in Chapters 33-48Ezekiel gives us a Picture of God Saving His People from Bad Leaders. Bad leadership damages any organization or nation. The very least damage that bad leaders do is to slow down growth or impede progress. However, bad leaders also usually damage the lives of people. They cause hurt, injury, loss, and in some cases destruction and death. Only occasionally did a good leader appear on the scene. Any leader who took the throne of Israel should have cared for and protected the people. But with few exceptions, most exploited and abused them. But in this message the LORD also has a wonderful promise for the discouraged, despondent exiles. The Babylonian army had totally destroyed their nation and crushed any hope they had of returning to their homeland. However, a day was coming when God would return His people to the promised land and give them a Good Shepherd. In this passage the LORD gives His people the greatest hope ever given to the human race.A shepherd sacrifices a lot
to care for a flock of defenseless sheep.
The leading men of the congregation must show the way for all the men to live for the nurture and advancement of the home, church, and society. These qualifications God expects to see in His men run counter to what the world celebrates but they are the way God has provided for the care of His people.
Part of the reformation in Ephesus, which also included properly ordaining and installing a diaconate, was the ordination and installation of elders who weren't fleshly, and who were proven in the home, in the church, and in the community.